96 Free Things To Do In Sacramento

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Mix 96 wants to share all of the fun activities going on in and around the Sacramento area for you and your family to enjoy for free! Be sure to check back often to find new and updated free activities and events going on in your area.


1. California Invites the World: The 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition

California State Capitol Museum – 10th & L Streets, Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA 95814 

Date: Monday – Friday, Jan. 26-30

Time: 9 am – 5 pm

The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were the golden age for great world’s fair expositions. The 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) was no exception. Before there was Disneyland, there was an earlier “magic kingdom.” The San Francisco exposition was known by many names: “The Dream City,” “The City of Domes,” and “The Jewel City.” It celebrated not only the completion of the Panama Canal in 1914, but the rebirth of San Francisco after the devastating 1906 earthquake. Between February 20 and December 4, 1915, over 19 million people flocked from all over the world to the marvels it contained. The 650 acre world’s fair was constructed to stand for less than a year, and today, all that remains is the Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District.

Visitors will have the opportunity to view rarely displayed items for both fairs that come from the special collections of the California State Library. These will include hundreds of never-before-seen photographs. There will be numerous charming and delightful pieces on loan from private collections as well. One of the three exhibit rooms at the State Capitol Museum, will even feature seldom seen period films and photographic slide shows.

There are also some interesting tie-ins with California State Parks and the PPIE. Noted California architect, Julia Morgan, received a commission to design the interior of the Y.W.C.A. Building at the PPIE. A copy of a sculpture that graced the Exposition, Adolph Weinman’s “Night Descending,” will be on display, courtesy of the Hearst Castle. The California Railroad Museum has a scale model of a locomotive that was used to take visitors around the grounds of the PPIE.

This exhibit will be on display until April 24, 2015. You can view the Sacramento365 exhibit listings for the months of May-July, August-October, and February-April.


2. Minecraft

Franklin Community Library – 10055 Franklin High Road, Elk Grove, CA 95757

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 28

Time: 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm

Come play Minecraft at the library! Minecraft is an open world adventure, building/adventure game. Bring your own account and equipment or play with ours. Registration is required and is for teens only.

This is a free program hosted by Franklin Community Library.


3. Read to a Dog at the Library

Colonial Heights Library – 4799 Stockton Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95820

Date: Wednesday, January 28

Time: 3:30-4:30pm

Thanks to an initiative by the Colonial Heights Library, children are invited to develop their literacy skills by reading aloud to Ry, a handsome and friendly bearded collie. When Ry visits the library, children are given the chance to interact with him on a one-on-one basis.


4. Big Hero 6

Sacramento State (CSUS) – University Union – 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819

Date: Thursday, January 29

Time: 7:30 – 9:00pm

Big Hero 6 is a 2014 computer animated action-comedy-adventure film created and produced at Walt Disney Animation Studios and based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name by Man of Action. The film is directed by Don Hall, co-director of Winnie the Pooh and Chris Williams, co-director of Bolt. The film was released in theatres on November 7, 2014 in the US, Canada, and India by Disney.


5.  National Seed Swap Day Exchange

Gallery 1855 at the Davis Cemetery and Arboretum – 820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA 95618

Date: Friday, Jan. 30

Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

The Davis Cemetery Arboretum will host a free seed swapping event in honor of National Seed Swap Day. Seeds savers, gardeners, and farmers who want to exchange extra seeds with fellow friends and neighbors. All skill levels of gardeners are welcome. Labels, envelopes, and a limited amount of seeds of ornamental and vegetable plants will be provided. This is a great opportunity to meet your fellow gardeners and add diversity to your garden.


6.  Integrated Pest Management Workshop

Davis United Methodist Church – 1620 Anderson Rd, Davis, CA 95616

Date: Saturday, Jan. 31

Time: 9 am- 10 am

In this Yolo County Master Gardeners workshop, get the upper hand against snails, ants, whiteflies, and other garden pests using IPM techniques to create both short- and long-term solutions.

Note: This event will be held Grace Garden.


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